Hawthorne Happenings - March

From the desk of Mr. Mahal

Dates to remember...

March 1 - 5th grade students trip to Science Museum

March 2 - Read Across America Breakfast (see below for more information)

March 6 - PTO Meeting at 5:00 in the media center

March 13-17 - No School due to Spring Break

March 31 - Kindergarten/1st Grade music performance in the gym at 1:45

Conferences Follow Up

Thank you to our families for taking part of parent/teacher conferences. A big thank you for those of you that were flexible in conferencing online Thursday evening due to the winter weather. In either case, we appreciated the opportunity to talk with each of you to discuss all of the progress that is happening for your child(ren) and we look forward to moving forward in a positive manner!

Read Across America Breakfast

Come dressed as your favorite book character and listen to a book being read on Thursday, March 2 in the Hawthorne cafeteria! We have special guests also planning on being in attendance so we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.

Last name starting with A-M from 7:30-7:50

Last name starting with N-Z from 7:50-8:10

Bingo "Choice Boards" for eLearning Days

For student attendance, we are asking that students work on their Bingo Choice Board and turn them in to their classroom teacher within 1 week of that e-learning day. If you do not have a Choice Board or are having trouble printing one off the district website, please fill out the activities that were completed along with the date and turn that in to the classroom teacher. We realize this recent weather stretch last week was challenging and do not want to create a hardship for anyone. Please contact your students classroom teacher if you have any questions.

Choice Boards are due to classroom teachers by March 1 and March 2 for attendance credit from February 22 and 23.

"Soup"er Bowl Food Drive

Our Hawthorne students were absolutely amazing with bringing in 1,098 non-perishable food items to donate to the Albert Lea Salvation Army! A very big THANK YOU to all of our families who were able to help out with this food drive as it will go a long way in helping out our community.

Congratulations to our district Teacher of the Year nominees!

As you already know, Hawthorne has some excellent educators and a few of them were recognized by students, parents, or peers in being nominated for Albert Lea Teacher of the Year! Congratulations to our staff that were nominated - quite the honor!

Time for a Story

Want to spend time with your child, build his/her reading skills, and help him/her learn to love books? You can do all three when you read aloud. Here are suggestions.

Read regularly

Try to read to your child every day. You might aim for 10-15 minutes of bedtime reading for a peaceful end to the day. Bring along a book and read to him/her during a sibling's sports practice. Or curl up together with a book when you get home from work.

Take turns choosing books

Your child may want to hear old favorites again and again. Use your turn for new titles and variety, such as nonfiction or poetry.

Let them participate

As your child to turn the pages while you read. Also, they can finish sentences that rhyme or fill in words he/she knows. Go slowly so he/she has time to understand the story and look at the illustrations. They'll enjoy read-aloud time more if they play an active role.

Be playful

You can use different voices for different characters (a high, squeaky voice for a mouse or a deep, booming voice for a horse). Or substitute your youngster's name for the main character's name, and use family members' names for other characters.

Note: You don't have to be an expert reader - your child will love it when you read aloud because it's you!!!